This is the latest book in the Charlie Parker series and I loved it. This is the first John Connolly that I’ve read and that made it a little confusing at first because I wasn’t familiar with the back story. Once I got into it though and became familiar with the characters, the story just took off like a shot for me. Charlie and his support crew, Angel and Louis, have been hired by Jerome Burnel, a convicted child pornographer who claims he was innocent. Before Charlie can get started on his case, Jerome disappears. The Cut is a reclusive community in West Virginia. They’ve been there for centuries and are shrouded in mystery. They are suspected of all kinds of illegal acts but law enforcement has never stood up to them, until Sheriff Henkel is elected. When Jerome is linked to the Cut, Charlie and Sheriff Henkel join forces to bring them to justice.
My impressions of this book are all good. I enjoyed how the tension of the story kept growing until the final confrontation. I found Charlie Parker to be a really likable character, in spite of the darker side of his personality. The mysterious community called the Cut was very intriguing and I appreciated how the author gradually reveals the group to the reader. All in all, I found the book to be a very gratifying read that really kept my brain engaged. Best of all, I’ve found a new favorite author. I can’t wait to go back to the beginning with Charlie Parker.
Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!